Next week, Ralston will play host to observances surrounding the 60th anniversary of the signing of the peace agreement ending the Korean War.
Nebraska Chapter No. 1 of the Korean War Veterans Association and the Korean Association of Nebraska will meet July 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ralston Senior Center, 7300 Q St., to mark the armistice which ended the conflict that lasted from 1950 to 1953, involved a 21-member United Nations force and claimed the lives of more than 3 million people.
Referred to as the “Forgotten War,” more attention has been devoted to the Korean War in recent years as milestones were marked in its 60th anniversary and as an aging population of Korean veterans are having their service recognized.
John Fifer, a Ralston resident and Korean War veteran, helped to bring this joint celebration to the Ralston Senior Center and said he was hopeful the public would see fit to attend.
The July 27 ceremony — being held on the exact anniversary of the armistice on July 27, 1953 — will bring together American and South Korean veterans of the war and feature a special presentation from the government of the Republic of Korea to Nebraska Chapter No. 1 of the Korean War Veterans Association.
Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska will deliver the keynote speech.
Retired Lt. Gen. Roger Lempke, former commander of the Nebraska National Guard, Marci Mylan, director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System and Dr. George Chung of the Korean Association of America will also provide appropriate remarks.
The program is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served afterward, provided by the Korean Association of Nebraska.